KeyServer is a software-licensing manager for Macintosh and Windows based computers.
KeyServer allows the University to share software licenses and significantly reduce costs by placing the number of licensed copies of software packages in a central pool to be used from anywhere on the campus network and metering usage so that the number of licenses is not exceeded. There is no noticeable response time difference between keyed and non-keyed applications as each keyed software package resides on the computer's local hard drive. The major benefit of KeyServer is that a software license is not tied to a specific machine. Once a user quits the application its license is relinquished back to the central pool of software and can then be used by someone else.
NOTE: KeyServer is only found on 2016 laptops and older. Any re-imaged laptop will not have KeyServer and can instead use VPN to connect.